Plot & Details
Olivia De Havilland plays a middle-aged woman who has recently been released from a mental institution after suffering a breakdown. She insists one evening that she can hear the muffled scream of a woman emanating from beneath the ground. Since no one else can hear these screams, De Havilland is dismissed as a crank. But Ms. De Havilland is steadfast in her conviction that the screams are real, and to that end investigates on her own. She discovers--at the peril of her own life--that the screams are those of a woman buried alive at a construction site by her recluse husband. Losing credibility long before the denouement, The Screaming Woman is based on a vastly superior short story by Ray Bradbury, in which the protagonist is not an adult ex-mental patient but a precocious little girl with a reputation for lying.
- Genre(s): Crime and Mystery,Drama,Horror,Thriller
- Run Time: 73min.
- Director(s): Jack Smight
- Themes: Woman In Jeopardy,Treacherous Spouses
- Tone: Creepy,Eerie,Tense
- Keywords: construction, hearing [sense], husband, mental-institution, patient [medical], scream, woman, buried-alive, craziness, credibility, estate, missing-person, premature-burial, search